Abbotsford underwater: photos from the Sumas Prairie flooding

Residents across the southern part of Abbotsford have been evacuated due to rising flood water from the south; this is what the area looks like now.

By Grace Kennedy | November 16, 2021 |1:51 pm

Sumas Prairie is flooded. Rising waters from the Nooksack River to the south began inundating the region Monday, prompting evacuation orders from Sumas Way to the Chilliwack border.

This morning (Tuesday), Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and the Abbotsford Police Department took an aerial tour of the area to survey the damage. This is what they saw.

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A view of the Sumas Prairie flooding near the border. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Although largely elevated on a dike, a portion of the SRY rail line is underwater. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Flood waters have covered nearly all of southern Abbotsford, flooding farmland and buildings. 📸 City of Abbotsford

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A view of Highway 1 at Whatcom Road. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Water is pouring over a section of the SRY line in Sumas Prairie. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Farmland across the southeastern part of Abbotsford is currently underwater. 📸 City of Abbotsford

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A view of the Sumas Prairie flooding, looking towards Eagle Mountain. 📸 City of Abbotsford
A view of the Sumas border crossing between Canada and the United States. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Sumas Prairie is covered in water coming from the American Nooksack River. 📸 City of Abbotsford

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Highway 1 at Whatcom Road is completely underwater. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Fraserway RV next to Highway 1 is flooded, along with much of the rest of southeastern Abbotsford. 📸 City of Abbotsford
Piles of soil next to the highway are still peeking above the floodwaters in Abbotsford. 📸 City of Abbotsford

The City of Abbotsford has asked the public to not go out and get photos and videos of their own.

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Grace Kennedy

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